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Well, that was the biggest anti-climax ever. I wanted the Dutch to win, but Paul the Octopus got it right again. Bugger.

England’s performnce was abysmal. Enough said.

Unfortunately, I didn’t miss blogging even a little bit. I manged to read about three books, all DNFs. I think my relationship with romance novels is coming to a painful end, but hopefully one day, I’ll read an amazing book that inspires me to return to roms again, in the mean time, crime and thriller books are where it’s at.

We currently have my brother staying with us. He was in a car accident, fractured his wrist, and broke his leg in three places. He needed somebody to look after him, and I knew that it would be too much for my mother, so TTG and I have taken on the job. First couple of days were rough, seeing as he’s been in hospital for three weeks and hadn’t really been moving around. We’re all adjusting well. I hope he copes on his own when we’re both away overnight.

I think I caught on Twitter that DA Jane is pregnant, so huge congrats luvvie. Ooops, Jane isn’t preggers after all, my mistake, lack of following threads properly an all that, hehe.

I’m currently loving the new Budweiser Designated Driver ad. So funny.

Thanks to AL for holding the fort whilst I’ve been away, muchos appreciated.

I have sweet fuck all else to say, so I’m signing off now, I’ll catch you guys later on in the week. Maybe.


  • (((Karen)))

    My pleasure.

    Here’s hoping the romance reading mojo returns soonest


  • Maili
    July 12
    3:13 pm

    I’m still struggling to re-fall in love with romance. What I once loved feel like the bars of a prison. It’s so restrictive, especially heroines. You know it’s a problem when you enjoy YA romance more than romance. Perhaps I’ve been looking at wrong titles.

    DA Jane isn’t pregnant. She tweeted “I’m with child” (meaning she was with her daughter), hence the misunderstanding.

    Massive doses of recovery luck to your brother (I’m so glad he survived that horrific car crash). Good luck to you and TTG in looking after him. You’ll need it. 😀


  • Janet W
    July 13
    5:45 am

    I actually think that heroines are less restrictive these days than in days gone by (did I mean to say, are portrayed less restrictively?). Like the heroine in Mary Balogh’s Simply Perfect: she had had a previous sexual relationship, she is the headmistress of a private school, she was in her mid-thirties … and not too much was made of any of those facts, they were just part of her makeup. And that’s an historical. Where I find myself gritting my teeth: w/historicals (my fave genre) that are just too far from what I think was life in those times … Jane Austen comes to mind as a place of comparison.

    My “refresher” isn’t mysteries or thrillers but something I discovered in the last few weeks, “mummy”lit, a particularly British genre. It’s been fun to read about women who are friends, have complicated lives and even more complicated sex lives — and altho there are eventual HEAs, there seem to be no rules.

    Good luck to your brother!


  • Maili
    July 13
    5:56 am

    @Janet W
    But I wasn’t referring to sex at all, though. 🙂


  • Janet W
    July 13
    6:05 am

    I’m sorry Maili: I was using sex as short-hand. I’m going to have to noodle on authors who I think portray h/hs in non-restrictive ways … and of course on that subject, everyone’s mileage may vary!


  • Nice to see you back, Karen.

    Hope your brother is on the mend and soon mobile. What a rotten way to spend the summer, especially in this heat!

    I’m still reading romance but I’ve all but given up on historicals, with the notable exception of a couple of authors.

    If you’re looking for new thrillers/mysteries to read, Keishon’s got a new blog devoted to crime fiction: http://avidmysteryreader.wordpress.com/


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